All-mountain/Freeride 2018 ski reviews
The best skis in this category are great performers both on the piste and in freeride. They're designed with experienced riders in mind who want a tool that will adapt to all types of snow and all terrains.
This year, the Stormrider 95 by Stöckli topped the podium in this very competitive category. The reviewers were unanimous about the features of this particularly versatile model. The basic qualities are certainly there: good grip, turn performance, flotation in deep powder... But it’s the ski’s stability and its capacity to adapt easily on all terrains, even the most difficult, that really carried the... Read on
Nordica’s Enforcer 100 was tested last year in an All Mountain 30/70 category where it brilliantly scored a "Best Ski" distinction. Tested this year in a more versatile category, the "50/50", it remains a benchmark for the market and retains an excellent position in this review. Off-piste, the ski is easy to use, remarkable, docile, easy to handle, with great float in powder and happy in crud.... Read on
Tested a bit short this year (179 cm), the H-95 lost a few points but is still one of the best skis on the market in the 50% piste/50% freeride category. Its overall behaviour is excellent. Off-piste, its agility, performance in crud and flotation in powder are remarkable. It’s an easy and enjoyable ski that steers with ease and requires little engagement. An "everyday ski" as one of the reviewers pointed out. On piste, its behaviour is generally good. However, the reviewers felt that its performance was not quite up to last year's,... Read on
An excellent surprise in the 2018 review, the Kore 93 developed by Head impressed the PROSKILAB reviewers and deserves its place among the top skis on the market. The model has no qualms about concentrating on accessibility in an area in which it is very popular. Its overall behaviour both on and off piste is good, and it also has a playful nature that’s great fun. The ski is globally easy-going, and doesn’t... Read on
Usually praised by the reviewers and taking home a "Best ski" award last year, this year the Mantra lost a few places, probably because of the softer snow conditions and the arrival of new high-flying contenders like the Stormrider 95. The ski is still an excellent model and a market benchmark, but the reviewers found it more demanding than previous years. The Mantra is still a stiff ski, grippy, high-strung, and very efficient on hard pack, happy sweeping through big turns at top speed. On the other hand, the ski is less happy than its... Read on
Let’s be honest; the Slight 93 proposed by Scott is not a true All Mountain 50%-50% ski and, despite its qualities, it struggles in this category. Its shape and behaviour betray its piste DNA. So it’s no surprise that the ski is very happy on the groomed runs where it’s great at everything: turn initiation, turn performance, bite, etc. It really excels in short turns. Sheer bliss. On the other hand, because of the small waist (93 mm), the short size of the model tested (175 cm for 180-185cm requested) and its highly carved shape,... Read on